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    I've never been crane hunting but would like to give it a try. My first opportunity won't be until the second week of October. I'm in Fairbanks. Are they still around at that time or do I have to wait until next fall? I was also wondering if anyone hunts Creamers Field and if anyone was interested in getting together to go???

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    most years fbk is all froze up by then i think, just depends on weather. Bud
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    Yesterday a flock of over 150 birds flew over Kenai from the west, headed eastbound. I suspect they were from western Alaska so your crane hunting days this year are very limited.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akmac View Post
    Yesterday a flock of over 150 birds flew over Kenai from the west, headed eastbound. I suspect they were from western Alaska so your crane hunting days this year are very limited.
    I saw that flock from Cunningham. They were getting blown al over the place.

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    They are already flocking up here in the valley as well, we saw a couple flocks that were probably 50 - 60 birds. Looks like they are going to head out pretty soon. Hopefully I can connect with one before they go.
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    I saw three flocks in Portage on Sunday. One flock was about 150 birds. They were headed southeast with a purpose.

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    How does one go about getting a crane? Ive only seen em flying about 1/2 mile high. I don't think Ive ever seen one on the ground anywhere hunting or fishing.
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    Around here, you have to do a lot of scouting to find out where they are landing, or be really lucky to be in the right place at the right time when they fly really low in the morning or right before dark. That's been my experience anyway.
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    2 weeks ago there were 2 on the Kenai beach and 5 behind my parents house in Kasilof.
    Normally though I don't see them on the ground. It was nice to see these cranes up close.
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    Quote Originally Posted by duckslayer56 View Post
    Around here, you have to do a lot of scouting to find out where they are landing, or be really lucky to be in the right place at the right time when they fly really low in the morning or right before dark. That's been my experience anyway.
    Is a duck/crane stamp needed, or can you just hunt them under your hunting license? Saw a small group of about a half dozen this week up close in a swamp. Figured one of you duck hunter dudes would know...I don't see them listed in the hunting regs.
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    You need to find fields they are using. They decoy easily to both geese and/or crane decoys. Otherwise get lucky.
    If you're using a dog be very careful of cripples. Stamps required. Subject to all federal regs and cites.
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    Thanks Milo...appreciate the reply on the 'stamp requirement' for cranes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tearbear View Post
    Is a duck/crane stamp needed...?
    State and federal stamps are not required when hunting only snipe and sandhill cranes.
    Regs: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/re.../waterfowl.pdf
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    The big flocks started passing thru here about a week and half earlier than last year. Got woke up at 2:30 am 3 days ago to cranes passing over the house

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    Quote Originally Posted by iofthetaiga View Post
    Thanks iofthetaiga, looks like you don't need a stamp if you're just hunting cranes. Don't care to go on a snipe hunt...
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    Quote Originally Posted by iofthetaiga View Post
    Thank you for the correction. Now I can go shoot the **** of the snipe.
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    Why not just buy the stamp, then you are good to go on shooting any ducks or geese that fly over, plus the money goes back to the wetlands, and the stamps are just darn cool!
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    Didn't think you needed a gun for snipe hunting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tearbear View Post
    Didn't think you needed a gun for snipe hunting.

    snipe-hunting.jpg
    That's true, a pillow case and a flash light at night with a shouted Kuhlulu call works pretty good. Just make that sound and shine the light in the pillow case and they will run in!
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    One of my boys and a couple of his buddies managed a couple birds over the weekend. Cranes.JPG

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